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Shintaro Kisaragi
Name
如月 伸太郎
シンタロー
Kisaragi Shintarō
Shintarō
Information
Black
Brown (Manga, Kisaragi Attention)[note 1]

Black (Anime, Most Music PVs)

Male
Human
172 cm (5'8")[1]
58 kg (127 lbs)[1]
A[1]
18[2]
April 30[1]
Mekakushi Dan Member No.7
Retaining Eyes
Current:
Alive[3][4] (Manga Route[5], Mekakucity Actors, Movie)
Past Routes:
Deceased / Inside the Kagerou Daze (Music Route[6], Novel Route[7])
Unnamed Grandfather[8]
Unnamed Father
Unnamed Mother
Momo Kisaragi (Younger Sister)
Voice Actors
Takuma Terashima
First Appearance

Jinzou Enemy (Active role)
Konoha no Sekai Jijou (Physical appearance)

01. Jinzou Enemy I
Kagerou Daze -in a daze- (Jinzou Enemy)
Act 01: Jinzou Enemy


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Shintaro Kisaragi (如月 伸太郎 Kisaragi Shintarō) / Shintaro (シンタロー Shintarō) is the main protagonist of the series. A digital girl named Ene that lives inside his computer causes him to go outside for the first time in two years, where he meets the Mekakushi Dan and becomes its seventh member.



Shintaro became a shut-in NEET[9] after his three only friends all died on the same day. He blames himself primarily for Ayano's suicide due to several incidents and his behavior before her death.[10][11]

Appearance


Shintaro is a young man with short black hair and narrow, dark brown eyes. His character designer, Sidu, has stated that his eyes are drawn with their unique shape because "drawing them normally would make him look like any other light novel protagonist" and she wanted to make him look "uncool". His hair is supposed to be not voluminous and short near the back of his neck.[12] When illustrated by Sidu, his eyelids have epicanthic folds.
In most Routes, including Route 1 of Losstime Memory, he wears a red jersey jacket that has white stripes on its sleeves over a black v-neck shirt and light brown pants. Shintaro claims that he wears the red jersey because a "female friend" of his said it looked good on him.[13] At home, he normally wears a pair of red slippers with gray socks. Outside, he wears a pair of red sneakers with a black trim. In the Novel Route, he wears his jersey zipped up to the collar on August 14th, including during the terrorist incident at the mall.[14] In the manga and short film, he wears the ends of the sleeves of his jersey up to his elbows. He also wears this jersey during his visit to Takane's Headphone Actor booth in the manga and novels.[15][16][17]
In Route XX and in a scene of the anime, he wears a black pullover hoodie with gray pants and remains barefoot.[2][18]
Back in middle school, he normally wore a common black gakuran uniform with a white shirt underneath.[10][19]
In Summertime Record and Lost Day Hour's manga depiction, Shintaro wears his usual red jersey, a white shirt, black pants and red shoes that have a white trim.
In the short film Kagerou Daze -in a day's-, he wears his usual jacket over a white t-shirt that has a large red "7." on its center, dark brown pants, and red shoes that have black soles.

Personality


Shintaro is a young man with an IQ of 168.[1] Thanks to his high intelligence and likely the latent use of his eye ability, Retaining Eyes, he has perfect photographic memory.[20] However, likely due to subconscious memories of past Routes, he finds that everything in the world is predictable and has obvious answers, and he would get perfect scores on his exams and even games he has not played before. Because of this, Shintaro grew up with an apathetic personality. In middle school, he was openly selfish and arrogant and showed signs of depression.[10][19][15] It is implied that his loneliness prior to meeting Ayano is a significant contributing factor to his depression and also his personality.[21]
During his first year in high school, he became close friends with his upperclassman Haruka Kokonose, and they would spend time with Ayano and Takane often. He becomes distraught after learning about Haruka's imminent death by his illness. On the night of August 15th of that year, he meets Ayano, whom he doesn't know is actually Kano using his eye ability. Kano tells him that "everything is your fault".[11] The next day, he learns about Ayano, Haruka, and Takane's deaths, and afterwards, devastated, he drops out of school and becomes a NEET. He also does not go outside for two years until the present plot. A year before the present plot, he downloads Ene from an email from an unknown sender and is thereupon unable to remove her from his computer.[22]
In Route XX of the Music Route, he is still depressed and refuses to let go of his guilt over Ayano. He forces himself to remember Ayano and is afraid of forgetting her, and because of this he purposely avoids contact with people and refused to move forward. When Ene wakes him from a dream about her, he kills her before stabbing himself in the throat with a pair of scissors. [2]
In other Routes where he is wearing his red jersey, he has changed drastically. Since he is actually very weak, Ene's presence was so overwhelming that he could not do anything but accept her.[23] He has also become hopelessly addicted to the internet and even states that he would die without it.[24] He is very fidgety and gets scared easily by horror themes and social situations.[25][26] However, he often shows courage when he needs to, even against imminent dangers such as a hand around his throat. His intelligence also allows him to create complex plans with likely good results even when stressed.[26]
Despite his past and usual reluctance, he quickly befriends the Mekakushi Dan in most Routes. He shows sympathy towards Hibiya when he sees him distressed over losing Hiyori[27][28] and usually gets along well with Konoha. He also does not hesitate to risk his own life to protect those that he cares about,[2] especially his younger sister, Momo.[29][30]
In Manga Route 2, Shintaro does not meet Ayano in middle school and instead closely befriends Haruka while he was staying in the hospital. He becomes a NEET after learning about Haruka's death. Afterwards, he tells Momo that he feels that the world "betrayed" him because he made a friend and blames himself for Haruka's death.[31]

Eye Ability


Songs


Main:

Minor:

Trivia


  • His jacket is based off of one that Jin wore when meeting Sidu for the first time about Kagerou Project.[12]
    • Because of this, many find similarities between Jin and Shintaro, including Jin's own sister. He has expressed distress over this, as he finds Shintaro to be a considerably unpleasant character.[33]
  • He currently lives in Kashiwa City, in the Chiba prefecture of Japan.[34][note 2][note 3][note 4] His and Momo's mother is from the Hokkaido region of Japan.[note 5][note 6]
  • His favorite manga is Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne.[1]
  • Haruka was the person that introduced soda to Shintaro. [35]
  • He actually wrote a lot of lyrics, but despite his plans to write songs he never finished any song before the one mentioned in the manga, which Ene threatened to delete.[26]
  • He owns a female pet bunny named Tono, as seen in the manga and Losstime Memory. Tono translates to "My Lord".
  • He has a Vocaloid and probably knows English because he is seen using the Vocaloid Editor in English.[24]
  • Shintaro's standard online password is 4510471, a Japanese wordplay that translates to "I don't work" (4-5-10-4-7-1, when read with different forms of Japanese number reading, is pronounced shi-go-to'o-shi-na-i, the same as 仕事をしない).[26]
  • Unlike the other media, in the anime, he lives on his own in an apartment with Ene.[36]
  • He is surprisingly cheap, as he carries around a pouch of 1¥ coins (around 1¢ USA money).[37]
  • According to Jin, Shintaro's father wanted to name him "Momotaro", but his mother disagreed strongly, so his name was changed to "Shintaro".[38]
  • Shintaro is the second character to appear in the anime.
  • He and Momo also have an unnamed grandfather, referred to in Kagerou Daze VI -over the dimension-:
    • (in Shintaro's POV): This was the sound used on TV shows to represent someone's pulse. Some kind of EKG ...? I had heard it who knows how many times before. When my grandfather was admitted to the hospital. When my sister almost drowned in the sea. That, and one other time.
  • His gamer username is shown to be Red_S_7 in the 2019 gamer merchandise.[39]

Quotes


  • "Please, I beg you… ENE! - (Disintegration Book)
  • "The warmth of the sunlight was like what I felt the times I dozed at the classroom window seat, and it seemed as if "that familiar voice" was talking to me." - (-in a daze- novel)

References

Notes

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Children Record Booklet
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Losstime Memory
  3. Summertime Record Alive in the end.
  4. Lost Day Hour (chapter)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Kagerou Daze Vol. 13, 69. Mekakucity Actors
  6. Outer Science, see Routes
  7. Kagerou Daze VIII -summer time reload-
  8. Kagerou Daze VI -over the dimension-, in Daze I of the official English translation, Shintaro hears the sound of an EKG / pulse noise, and refers to remembering hearing it when an unnamed grandfather was admitted to the hospital.
  9. HikiNEET (ヒキニート Hikinīto), a portmanteau of hikikomori (引きこもり) and NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Toumei Answer
  11. 11.0 11.1 Kagerou Daze V -the deceiving-, One Day, on the Street
  12. 12.0 12.1 [1]
  13. Kagerou Daze II -a headphone actor-, Tsuisou Forest
  14. File:Kagerou Daze -in a daze- 02.png
  15. 15.0 15.1 Kagerou Daze Vol. 03, 14. Headphone Actor II
  16. Kagerou Daze VI -over the dimension-, Illustration
  17. Kagerou Daze II-a headphone actor-, Yuukei Yesterday III
  18. 18.0 18.1 Act 11: Otsukimi Recital
  19. 19.0 19.1 Act 06: Headphone Actor
  20. daze / days
  21. the old days (Drama CD)
  22. Kagerou Daze -in a daze-, Jinzou Enemy
  23. Spoon #38 Summary
  24. 24.0 24.1 Kagerou Daze Vol. 01, 01. Jinzou Enemy I
  25. Kagerou Daze Vol. 02, 09. Headphone Actor I
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 Act 01: Jinzou Enemy
  27. Kagerou Daze Vol. 05, 22. Kagerou_Daze V
  28. 28.0 28.1 Act 08: Losstime Memory
  29. Kagerou Daze Vol. 04, 18. Kagerou Daze I
  30. Kagerou Daze Vol. 09, 48. RED
  31. Kagerou Daze Vol. 10, 54. Lost Daze VI
  32. https://natalie.mu/music/pp/jin03/page/2
  33. Kagerou Daze II -a headphone actor-
  34. Konoha no Sekai Jijou television screens, translated by mudskipperkip & raspomme
  35. Kagerou Daze VI -over the dimension-
  36. Mekakucity Actors Website
  37. Kagerou Daze Vol. 05, 20. Kagerou Daze III
  38. http://www.kidotsubomi.jp.pn/post/54619047750/his-father-tried-to-name-him-momotarou-but
  39. Headphone Actor themed merchandise


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